The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is one of the most recognized resorts of the area. With a well know brand behind this property, this huge resort is one of the most looked properties when people are looking where to stay at Punta Cana. That’s the reason why here at Top Punta Cana Resorts selected the Hard Rock to be our first reviewed resort. But enough of talking, let’s get started with our Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana Review!
We have mentioned it in past posts, the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana is HUGE. There is no way to explain it with words, you have to see it by yourself to understand how big this property is. But this come with its advantages and disadvantages.
The resort comes with 9 excellent restaurants and 13 pools, and a big area of fabulous beach. This is one of the reasons why you are always going to find beach chairs available at the beach and pool. Even when the resort is full, you aren’t going to feel crowded.
With this size, you will need some days to see everything, and this is a good thing. There are bars everywhere, including four swim up bars, and you can catch a snack practically in any location.
But with this massive size comes some disadvantages. While you can walk the resort if you want, under the Caribbean sun it’s going to be a warm experience, so you will be taking the trams most of the time. Depending the time of the day and season, they can be a bit crowded. Also, if you are a person that like to feel the intimacy in a resort, the Hard Rock isn’t the one for that.
Huge is our favorite word for the Hard Rock, and the rooms aren’t the exception. It’s impressive. All of the rooms are suites and here you will find some of the best rooms at Punta Cana. With a marvelous massage tub in front of your bed, enough space to make a family reunion, a bathroom that is more spacious that some hotels rooms, a sofa area with TV and a great A/C to battle the hot and humid climate of the Caribbean, sometimes you feel like you don’t want to leave your room. And that’s without mentioning the 24 hour room service included in your package!
The room also includes a balcony, a mini bar with included drinks, coffee maker, phone (with unlimited calls to US and Canada), Bluetooth radio, hair drier, safe and bathrobes and slippers.
This is probably the Resort with the best variety of amenities in Punta Cana. You will find activities for every member of your group. There’s a nice amount of activities during all the day, from dancing lessons to fun contests at the pool.
You will find an awesome mini golf and an arcade center. A 5 meter climbing wall that is going to put your strength at test. An area specifically designed for your kids with live shows and interactive activities.
We must say that at the Hard Rock, everyone is going to find something to do.
Food and Dining
In general, the food at this resort is mostly oriented to the american tourist, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t find a great variety of food.
At All Inclusive resorts, the main restaurants are buffet style. The buffet at the Hard Rock is above average for the area, but we must admit that’s is nothing memorable. The food is good, but is just buffet style food. Everyone is going to find something to eat here, because the variety of food is huge. But when you have a resort so big, with so many people, the quality of the service at a buffet sometimes isn’t the best, and this is an area were we think things could be better.
As most of the resorts, the Hard Rock includes some A La Carte restaurants. These are Ciao (Italian), Ipanema (Brazilian), Isla (Caribbean), Los Gallos (Mexican), The Market (The Buffet), Toro (Steakhouse) and Zen (Chinese and Japanese). The food in these restaurants is pretty good and our favorites are Toro and Zen.
There is also some smaller restaurants that serve pizza, snacks and ice creams during the day and in some cases, they are open for 24 hours.
The drinks at the Hard Rock are much better than other resorts. We love the Piña Coladas and Coco Locos! But as a general rule in resorts at Punta Cana, don’t expect drinks with branded alcohol. If you want a specific brand of alcohol, it wont be included in the package. But honestly, we don’t think most of the people are going to need that and the drinks are good.
Beach and Pool
Is hard to review the beaches of the resorts at Punta Cana, because practically all of them have great beaches. The Hard Rock isn’t the exception. The beach is fenomenal. When you imagine a Caribbean Beach, is just like the one at this resort. It’s big and it won’t feel crowded. You are going to find beach chairs almost anytime. But remember, you are in the Caribbean and you should use sunscreen even if you don’t feel like is needed.
Depending the season, you will find some seaweed at the beach sometimes. This is a general problem at some beaches in the Caribbean. But don’t worry, the resort will be cleaning it during the entire day and this won’t affect your day at the beach.
The pools are awesome too. There are pools suited for kids, for the entire and family and adults only pools. Nothing like having a Piña Colada while you are relaxing at the pool!
The service at the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana is very good in our opinion. The staff is always looking to help you and most of the time they will do it with a big smile on their faces. But with an hotel so big, sometimes the service can take a hit. We find that the service at the buffet could be better, specially at peak hours when is crowded.
The entertainment staff is great also. They will do a very good job and they won’t feel pushy when they want people to participate in the activities (something we don’t like at some properties).
If you are going to Punta Cana for a great nightlife, the Hard Rock is the best for this. With a great variety of things to do at night, is in our opinion the best resort for this type of tourism. With Oro Nightclub, one of the best nightclubs in Punta Cana, you won’t need to leave the resort for a great night.
Also, as a Hard Rock brand, this is the resort were most of the big events at Punta Cana are held. Don’t be surprised if there is a big concert during your stay! (Consider that the resort won’t be crowded for the event, but the room occupation may be high during the dates).
It doesn’t matter if this is your first or tenth visit to Punta Cana, the Hard Rock Hotel is always a great option to stay. We love the great variety of activities and we never feel bored at this location. The grounds are awesome and the rooms are even better. We aren’t crazy about the food at this resort, but that doesn’t mean that isn’t good. We just think that it could be better. The service most of the time is very good, but when is crowded it may be average for moments.
But our opinion is that the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana is a great option any time of the year, specially if you are travelling with a big group of family.
Our Score: 8/10
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